9/19/2016

Downriver (2015)

 Downriver is a simple tale with added elements that try to make it thought-provoking. Like most films of its ilk and considering the strong subject matter, it does not give you all the answers, and in its strongest moments evoke gloom, guilt and repression through the moody cinematography. This is downplayed somewhat by the harsh natural lighting, but the dark intention is still there. There is sparse music that is not used very effectively throughout and a few visual effects that are not used enough.

Average Rating: 6,5/10
Country: USA
Language: Australia
Release Date: 7 August 2015 (Australia)
Duration: 1h 39min
Genre: Drama
Director: Grant Scicluna
Writer: Grant Scicluna
Stars: Reef Ireland, Kerry Fox, Robert Taylor
Synopsis: James has served time for drowning a little boy when he was a child, although the body was never found in the river. A visit from his victim's mother upon parole sends him on a quest to find the truth. With little time and danger at every turn, James risks his freedom and his life to uncover the trail of sins that might give closure to the grieving mother.
  The actor gets to play quite a panoply of emotions as his character strives for self acceptance, healing and redemption.
  Sexuality plays a surprisingly large part in this narrative, another intrepid ingredient by the filmmaker in depicting some prickly content as several young men are in various relationships and graphic encounters which are played with a naturalism which will be welcomed by some, but i suspect not all audiences.

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